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Concerned with the continuing, and growing, anti-Semitism of his day, Jacobs laid out a statement of the Jewish contribution to civilization. Beginning with the convention of Jewish self-recognition as the people of the book, he sketches the relationship between the church and the Jews. He notes that Jews in the Middle Ages were intellectual intermediaries and their works had a profound impact on Medieval thought. Their roles in commerce and capitalism are explored. Noting the contribution throughout history of Jews to the cause of liberality, Jacob makes a profound case for seeing the deep impact Judaism has made on the modern world.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-954-8
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Mar 12,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 336
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-954-8
$166.00

Part of what had been intended to become a monumental work on the Jewish race, this posthumously published study of Jacobs’ observations on the importance of Jews to world culture represents a mature look at the subject. Concerned with the continuing, and growing, anti-Semitism of his day, Jacobs laid out a memoir for those who would doubt the importance of this Jewish contribution. Beginning with the convention of Jewish self-recognition as the people of the book, he sketches the relationship between the church and the Jews. Tracing the Diaspora to Europe, he notes that Jews in the Middle Ages were intellectual intermediaries and their works had a profound impact on Medieval thought. The role of Jews in commerce and capitalism is explored, as is the break-down of the grip the church has had on society in the western world. Noting the contribution throughout history of Jews to the cause of liberality, Jacob makes a profound case for seeing the deep impact Judaism has made on the modern world. A useful study for anyone wishing to reflect on what the world would lack without the vital elements of civilization brought to all by the Jewish nation, this book is still needed in a world where tolerance is still a distant dream.

Joseph Jacobs (1854-1916) was a historian of Judaism and literature. He is well-remembered for his collections of folktales. Jacobs studied at the University of Sydney, Cambridge University, and the University of Berlin. He was a highly regarded writer who authored not only books, but also articles for the Jewish Encyclopedia.

Part of what had been intended to become a monumental work on the Jewish race, this posthumously published study of Jacobs’ observations on the importance of Jews to world culture represents a mature look at the subject. Concerned with the continuing, and growing, anti-Semitism of his day, Jacobs laid out a memoir for those who would doubt the importance of this Jewish contribution. Beginning with the convention of Jewish self-recognition as the people of the book, he sketches the relationship between the church and the Jews. Tracing the Diaspora to Europe, he notes that Jews in the Middle Ages were intellectual intermediaries and their works had a profound impact on Medieval thought. The role of Jews in commerce and capitalism is explored, as is the break-down of the grip the church has had on society in the western world. Noting the contribution throughout history of Jews to the cause of liberality, Jacob makes a profound case for seeing the deep impact Judaism has made on the modern world. A useful study for anyone wishing to reflect on what the world would lack without the vital elements of civilization brought to all by the Jewish nation, this book is still needed in a world where tolerance is still a distant dream.

Joseph Jacobs (1854-1916) was a historian of Judaism and literature. He is well-remembered for his collections of folktales. Jacobs studied at the University of Sydney, Cambridge University, and the University of Berlin. He was a highly regarded writer who authored not only books, but also articles for the Jewish Encyclopedia.

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  • PREFATORY STATEMENT (page 5)
  • CONTENTS (page 9)
  • INTRODUCTION (page 11)
  • BOOK ONE JEWS OF THE PAST (page 61)
  • CHAPTER I: The People of the Book (page 63)
  • CHAPTER II: The Church and the Jews (page 92)
  • CHAPTER III: Jews become Eurpoeans (page 116)
  • CHAPTER IV: Mediaeval Jews as Intellectual Intermediaries (page 140)
  • CHAPTER V: Influence of Jewish Thought in the Middle Ages (page 166)
  • CHAPTER VI: Jews and Commerce (page 192)
  • CHAPTER VII: Jews and Capitalism (page 220)
  • CHAPTER VIIa: Excursus on Sombart (page 249)
  • CHAPTER VIII: The Break-down of the Church-Empire (page 270)
  • CHAPTER IX: Jews and Liberalism (page 295)
  • INDEX (page 327)